Friday 23 March 2018

New popemobile delivered to Vatican

The new popemobile parked at the Vatican (AP/L'Osservatore Romano)
The new popemobile parked at the Vatican (AP/L'Osservatore Romano)
Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Mercedes Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche in front of the new popemobile (AP/L'Osservatore Romano)
Pope Benedict XVI and Mercedes Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche walk past the new popemobile at the Vatican (AP/L'Osservatore Romano)

German carmaker Daimler said it has delivered Pope Benedict XVI his new popemobile - a customised Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV with special security features.

The company said the new car was delivered on Friday to the Vatican and people should be able to see the Pope riding in it on Saturday in Rome during a celebration at the Spanish Steps.

Compared with the previous vehicle, a modified M-Class from 2002, Mercedes has extended the dome significantly to give the Pope more room and easier entry.

Larger glass panels and better illumination also aim to make the pontiff more visible to crowds.

Daimler said the white-painted vehicle's central interior design feature is a "throne" embroidered with the pontiff's coat of arms.

The carmaker declined to detail the vehicle's "spectrum" of security features.

Press Association

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